Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Paradise Riflebird (Lophorina paradisea)


French: Paradisier festonné German: Schildparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso festoneada

Ptiloris paradiseus


, 1825,

no locality = northern New South Wales, Australia


Along with L. victoriae, L. magnifica and L. intercedens, previously placed in Ptiloris. Monotypic.


E coastal Australia from SE Queensland (Calliope Range, S of Rockhampton) S on Great Dividing Range, also some lowlands to E, to NE New South Wales (S to just N of Newcastle).

Descriptive notes

Male 30 cm, 134–155 g; female 29 cm, 86–112 g. Fairly large paradis­aeid with long, decurved bill and short, barely graduated tail. Male has head (except... read more


Advertisement call of male an explosive "yaassss" (structurally similar to advertisement... read more


Subtropical and temperate rainforests; also wet sclerophyll forest adjacent to rainforest and dry... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and animals, latter including wide variety of insects and spiders (Araneae); arthropods probably dominate diet, but relative... read more


Season Aug–Feb, peak in Sept–Jan, a presumed female with fledgling(s) mid-Feb and another mid-Mar; display at least Aug–... read more


Presumably resident. Some short-distance movement; during austral winter, some move from... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Eastern Australia EBA. CITES II. Common in upland forests in N of range; less abundant in remaining habitat in S... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Paradise Riflebird (Lophorina paradisea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).